We’re delighted that the warm weather has provided us all with opportunities to get out and enjoy some autumnal, half-term fun this week. And we’ve more to look forward to, with a variety of activities and events being organised across Halloween, Bonfire Night and the Festive Season, many of which are free. Drop-in to one of our Visitor Information Centres for your copy of our ‘Wonderful Winter’ events guide, which has all the details of what’s on offer.
This week’s Money Advice Market was well attended, with many benefitting from helpful guidance and practical support. Our efforts are now turning to engage those who do not have online access, with leaflets being distributed across the community so everyone has the help needed to make ends meet this winter.
We’re also working on our Council budget and looking carefully at ways to provide assistance to those most in need. Consideration is being given to extending the council tax reduction scheme and offering discretionary housing payments to target vulnerable households. Further information can be found on our dedicated cost of living support page on our website.
From time to time, it is useful to reflect on the year past, especially when making preparations for the year ahead. Twelve months ago, we were reporting record local Covid infection levels, but now, thanks to the efficacy of the vaccine we can come together safely and participate in all the activities and events on offer. To maintain this protection, please come forward when invited to do so, for our seasonal booster jabs, especially those of us at an increased risk from flu or COVID-19.
In other news:
- COP 27– There’s still time to book your space at our own local Climate Change summit. Amongst the speakers will be Kenilworth All Together Greener, Low Carbon Warwickshire, Bar Zero Barford and Heart of England Forest as well as an update from our Climate Change team.
- Spark: Ignite – Our Arts Team is delighted to announce that registration is now live for the 2023 event. Taking place at the Royal Spa Centre on Wednesday 15 February, this inspirational event will bring together and promote the growth of the arts and digital industries across our burgeoning creative sector.
- Business innovation – Welcome news for our local businesses, with the University of Warwick launching of a digital platform to help start-ups businesses and our existing SME’s across the region. Check out the details by visiting the My Innovation Collective scheme on the university website.
And finally … we wish you and your family as safe and enjoyable bonfire night. Please give thought to our furry friends and vulnerable neighbours, for whom our celebrations may cause considerable distress.
Cllr Andrew Day
Leader, Warwick District Council
Chief Executive, Warwick District Council